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Friday Night Dinner: 10 Years And A Lovely Bit of Squirrel Airs On Friday

Friday Night Dinner: 10 Years And A Lovely Bit of Squirrel Airs On Friday

The Channel 4 show is marking its 10 year anniversary with a special.

Joanna Freedman

Joanna Freedman

Friday Night Dinner's 10 year anniversary special, 10 Years And A Lovely Bit Of Squirrel, airs on Channel 4 on Friday night, and it's promising to be emotional and a barrel of laughs in equal measure.

The Jewish sitcom came crashing off screens in May 2020, as it's very final episode aired.

Now, fans will have the opportunity to reflect on the series, and - even more poignantly - honour the late Paul Ritter, who played the barking mad and utterly loveable Martin Goodman, known for his catchphrases like "s*it on it," and "that's a lovely bit of squirrel".

The special was being filmed ahead of the actor's passing, which took many fans of the show by surprise.

And Paul attended despite the fact he was secretly battling a brain tumour. He died shortly afterwards on April 5th, at the age of just 54.

Friday Night Dinner's special is coming to screens (
Channel 4)

Of course, Paul's whole on-screen family will be present, too. The comedy famously features Tamsin Greig as Jackie Goodman and Simon Bird and Tom Rosenthal play her onscreen sons, Adam and Jonny.

The doc is set to include interviews with the whole cast and crew, who will share their favourite memories from set, and reflect on the show as the cultural phenomenon it became.

The series' creator Robert Popper will also appear, and talk about his inspiration.

"This one-off documentary celebrates the 10-year anniversary of Robert Popper's iconic comedy, Friday Night Dinner, which gave us that infamous catchphrase, as well as the beloved Goodman family and their even more surreal neighbour Jim, who together have become the heart of one of Channel 4's most popular sitcoms of all time," a synopsis reads.

Paul Ritter played Martin Goodman on the show (
Channel 4)

Ahead of the one-off-special, the country's three favourite episodes of Friday Night Dinner are set to air, as voted by the public.

Fiona McDermott, Head of Comedy at Channel 4, said: "Over the past ten years Friday Night Dinner has become a critically-acclaimed, ratings and award-winning smash hit, with viewers loving our dysfunctional family as much as we do."

Speaking about the upcoming special, Tamzin Greig recently said that she had tried to encourage Paul to pass on filming, because he was so unwell at the time.

"Sadly at the time of making the documentary, Paul was pretty unwell and to be honest - and don't tell the producers this - but I did try and persuade him not to do the interview," she told Metro.

The show ran for six seasons (
Channel 4)

"But it is testament to Paul's courage and generosity and dignity and complete lack of vanity that he wanted to participate in the documentary, to do an interview, and to really celebrate this little world that he's been a part of and that he's enjoyed so much over the years."

Paul's passing was confirmed by his agent at the start of April, as a statement read: "'It is with great sadness we can confirm that Paul Ritter passed away last night. He died peacefully at home with his wife Polly and sons Frank and Noah by his side. He was 54 and had been suffering from a brain tumour.

"Paul was an exceptionally talented actor playing an enormous variety of roles on stage and screen with extraordinary skill. He was fiercely intelligent, kind and very funny. We will miss him greatly."

Seeing him appear on the screen posthumously is going to be emotional, but here's hoping it's the send-off both he and the show deserve.

Featured Image Credit: Channel 4

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